Cathay Pacific's once-expansive Hong Kong lounge network is shrinking, with The Bridge to permanently close.
The airline today confirmed that the business class lounge, which was shuttered in April 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, will remain closed.
"Having been temporarily closed due to the reduced flight schedule, The Bridge lounge at Terminal 1 of Hong Kong International Airport will now be closed permanently," Cathay Pacific said.
The Bridge was nestled between gates 35-36 of the airport's West Concourse and at the arrivals point of the automated people mover shuttle, just before the terminal split into north and south piers.
Opened in October 2013, it was the last of Cathay's HK lounges to be designed by Foster + Partners, and adopted a far more relaxed vibe – mostly residential, with a little cafe and bistro for good measure – than its counterparts The Wing and the also-since-closed The Cabin.
London's Studio Ilse, headed by design doyen Ilse Crawford, took Cathay's lounge design further into the upmarket residential realm, from 'out-station' lounges at Tokyo/Haneda, Taipei, Manila, Bangkok, Vancouver and London, through to the Oneworld member's home flagship The Pier.
While spread across two wings with a 2,560m2 footprint, The Bridge was largely supplanted by the The Pier, which put more modern and elegant first class and business class lounges only a short stroll away.
That said, many frequent flyers will fondly remember The Bridge's bakery, which offered freshly-baked bread and pizzas.
Earlier this year, American Express was rumoured to be scoping out a new lounge location at Hong Kong airport, although no announcement has been made on what will become of The Bridge now that Cathay has removed its brushwing logo from the doors.
At the time of writing, only Cathay's The Wing lounge remains open, with The Pier and The Deck still closed until demand resumes.